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Dave_the_Proc

  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Agreed! (I'm paraphrasing terribly from statements by Charlie about his own early writing attempts -- original quotes may be somewhere in his "How I Got Here In the End" essays.)...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    To me it felt closer to point #1, as Charlie's "novel shaped objects" weren't even usable as first drafts (in his opinion). But I can see why it could also be an example of point #5, if the work was...
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Point #1 on your list, and RDSouth's post, make me think of Charlie's statement about writing several "novel shaped objects", before producing anything that was ready for public consumption....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    One last time, with feeling: My comments are solely with regard to the content and editorial slant of the Daily Mail, not its readership. I am (right or wrong) making the assumption that the general level of intelligence of the...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    What I'm doing is citicising the editorial style of a newspaper that has a long tradition of promoting really nasty ideology in a very subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) way. What you're doing is putting words in my mouth,...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Ooof! A remarkable troll-fail there, Dirk. And clumsy with it too! Tsk. Tsk. (I am sure that you are smart enough to spot the difference between what I actually wrote, and the words you're trying to put in my mouth.)...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    On the topic of the Daily Heil: I believe it was Charlie who provided an excellent deconstruction and analysis of exactly how they slip racism, bigotry, xenophobia, or other deep unpleasantness into otherwise seemingly rational and well written articles, through...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    And if you think that your USican interlocutors are the nadir of idiocy in the "Brits out of Ireland" slanging match: It's fairly easy to find graffiti in NI that proudly proclaims "Irish Out!", and not much more effort to...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    The last time I received a "your pc has a virus" call, I managed to spin the suspiciously Indian-accented "Peter" along for nearly ten minutes, predicting his script and providing leading answers (even though I was no where near a...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    To misquote appropriately: "I'm a bot, and so's my wife!" (Hey, always look on the bright side, eh?)...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    PS: Apologies to Hugh for derailing the thread on his post -- I've thoroughly enjoyed everything that he's put up on Charlie's blog and am always happy when I see a new post with his by-line. I just don't have...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    (and Dirk @136) Note: This is my last post on the topic of CD/HB; I'm sure the mods, regular commenters, Charlie, OP, and others are less than interested, and I do dislike discussing someone when they're not "present" to respond...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    The claim was made that the name was deliberately picked to provide no search matches to anything could be linked to the actual person (people?) behind the ID (I have trimmed the quasi-mystical techno-woo that this claim was originally couched...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    Nah. I gave up duelling some time ago. Too heavy on the paperwork. (Quote is intended to highlight HB's use of language to subtly, and also overtly, reinforce the perceived superiority of the poster in others minds.)...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    When I read HB's posts, I often find these words worth pondering: Suddenly another voice spoke, low and melodious, its very sound an enchantment. Those who listened unwarily to that voice could seldom report the words that they heard; and...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Or it could suggest that such a joke it never was. "The lady doth protest too much"?...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Ta. From the abstract (and skimming a little into the paper, 212 pages is a bit much to digest immediately!) this seems to offer more support to the idea that there's little real difference in the fundamental maths skills of...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Not even sure where to start with this, it's certainly an interesting debate technique: double down on the original premise (careful to appeal to authority but provide no actual links or references); amp up the condescension; try a novel mixture...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    There are fundamental differences in the distribution of skills within the sexes This is one of those unseen prejudices, and it's quite insidious. It diverts girls away from STEM subjects long before any rational considerations such as pay or career...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    The joke itself isn't actually a joke (or at least, it is, but only in a highly context sensitive way). The whole comment is an (admittedly poor, but layered) meta-joke about Greg and you not "getting" each other. Perhaps would...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Q: What do you call an Irishman up a flag pole? A: Jim. If you don't get it, I feel a little sorry for you. (Hint: Try googling. Be prepared to dig.) Not using the M-word! *snort*...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Full sympathies for the politics. My only consolation where I am is that the local nutbags have little real power....
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Your full sentence: No, that's only what you people with what I call the Blair syndrome do. So while I agree with you that Pigeon was generalising, you then undercut your own argument by tagging a little sting-in-the-tail ad hominem...
  • Commented on Deploying the monomyth in Space Opera
    Xylem wins the blog for today!...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Whoops! I think I managed to offer an example of the misunderstanding I was trying to avoid, by misunderstanding you in exactly the way I thought that you misunderstood me. (I may now be in danger of disappearing in a...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    I explicitly avoided the "you people" = "implicit racism", because that is not the what the words really signify. It's a mode of speech that highlights lazy thinking and crude generalisation; and is usually used in exactly the way Elderly...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    "you people" -- It's like a railroad tie in the path of the express train of thought. Causes severe loss of respect/regard for anyone who utters those words, and subsequent consignment of any expressed opinion to the rubbish tip of...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    If we never travel outside our own minds, have we ever travelled at all? (But never forgot the safety line, and beware of banshees!) To echo and expand on what PrivateIron said: Stay weird, you beautiful oddball!...
  • Commented on Towards a taxonomy of cliches in Space Opera
    Still happens a lot in NI. Although it's perhaps something of a "special case"....
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    Careful about getting your hate on for Ian Banks in these parts!...
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